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December 2018 Principal's Message

December 2018


Dear Holman Families:


During the past few mornings, the temperatures have been rather cold and, on a few occasions, we have had frost.  Students should come to Holman School wearing clothing that keeps them warm during the school day. As the temperatures get lower, please make sure that your child is also wearing the appropriate outerwear, such as a jacket, gloves, hat, etc.  Weather permitting, teachers try to take students outside for recess on a daily basis.

We thank you for visiting us during American Education Week and Conference Week, and for being a part of our school initiatives, programs and fundraisers.  The JEA did a nice job of hosting the American Education Week event. On behalf of the Holman School staff, we thank you for taking the time to meet with your child’s teacher and visiting our school.


HOPE’s SEASONAL WINTER FESTIVAL is Thursday, December 13th.   We will begin in our gymnasium with some holiday singing from our Choir.  Students singing in the Choir should arrive in the gymnasium at 5:30PM. Choir will begin singing at 5:45PM.  Then we will move to our APR where children will be making a craft, having cookies and hot chocolate and meeting our Special Guest from 6:00PM - 7:00PM.  Our Special Guest will be collecting unwrapped and new toys for Toys for Tot. We look forward to seeing all of you at this fun family night event prior to our Winter Break!  HOPE will NOT have a December meeting. Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year.


Arrival of Students in the Car Line

If you are using the car line in the morning to drop off your children, please make sure to follow the direction of the teachers who are outside supervising the children.  Please pull up to the sidewalk and release your child on the passenger’s side of the vehicle (Please do not get out of your vehicle). This should allow four to five carloads of children to dismiss to the sidewalk area.  Please do not wait to unload your child at the front of the line closest to the school if you are near the sidewalk. Even if it is raining, please continue to follow these procedures. This expedites the arrival process and gets students into the school on time.  Thank you so much for your consideration and cooperation with this matter.


Report Cards

Please be sure you are ready to access your child’s report card on the district portal website.  Report cards will be available on the portal to parents on January 3rd. Also, please remember that if your Portal log-in does not work, please try the “Forgot My Password” link above BEFORE contacting support, as most issues will be resolved through that feature.  Please note that the “Forgot Password” link will work only with parents who have an e-mail as their login ID. For questions or problems with your login ID’s or password (or if you do not have them), please send an email to and include your name and phone number, as well as your child’s name, school, grade, student ID number and the problem you are experiencing and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.


In-View Testing

On January 3rd and 4th, students in second and fourth grade will be taking a cognitive abilities assessment.  The test will take approximately two and a half hours (split between two days), and requires no prior test preparation activities.  It is a broad based evaluative instrument that includes questions on verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning.


Looking and Planning Ahead:

Brain Boosters: Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm, Dates: December 3, 4, 5, 10

Readers Theater Dates: Time: 3:00 – 4:00pm  Dates: January 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and February 4, 5, 6, 2019


FREE WORKSHOP – SEAC Jackson Twp School District Special Education Advisory Council Presentation 

Life After School: Employment is the key to fulfilling so many of our dreams.  As an Employment First state, the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is working to ensure that competitive employment in the general workforce is the first and preferred post education outcome for all people with disabilities. This presentation explains the value of working in an integrated, competitive setting & provides information about ways to access DDD-funded employment services/supports. Jennifer Joyce: Dir. of Support Program & Employment Services; Div. of Developmental Disabilities and Joseph Guarracino: Rehab Counselor 2; NJ Division of Vocational Services Values into Action, NJ: Support Coordination Agency. Values into Action is leading the way for the next generation of services, When: Monday, January 14, 2019, 6:30 pm. Where: Jackson Liberty High School; IMC, 125 North Hope Chapel Road, Jackson, NJ 08527.


On Tuesday, December 18th, the Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6:30 pm at the Administration Building.


As 2018 comes to a close, we look forward to the start of a new year.  We wish the warmest holiday wishes to you and yours during this Winter Break.  As we begin the New Year, I encourage you to continue to read with your child each evening, now and throughout the year.   Time spent reading with young learners has amazing effects on students’ educational success. Remember to sign the reading log each night after you have read with your child or watched him/her complete his/her reading!


A happy and healthy New Year to all!  As a reminder, Holman School will have an early dismissal on Friday, December 21st, 2018.  ALL students in grades K-5 will be dismissed at 1:15PM.  We look forward to seeing you again on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.




Rich Karas

Principal, Holman Elementary